Well Sarah...degradation that is more or less self impossed...inner city is close because most factories are in the cities or at least draw their work force from there.
JP...you are not too far off...I have worked in an auto plant for the past 6 years and have often thought about those who slaved before me. I am a strong liberal and dedicated union man. But I ride the fence just this side of socialism. I actually think in theory that socialism is the best thing going, but that it will never work because of "human nature."
Today, so many, but not all, of my fellow workers become dependant on the money and lose sight of the more important things. They work, drink, and sleep. They, in essense, become almost less than human and more machine-like. It is sad that a life can be lowered to such a level that you only "exist" - not truly live.
The funny thing is...I write at work mostly...almost as if that scenario stimulates my creativity.